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I always love the start of a new year.  There’s so much promise and excitement to look forward to.  I, for one, am very interested in how the application development landscape will change with Agile and DevOps being such big influencers.  One thing hasn’t changed though – the #1 application development priority for 2012 is still delivering applications faster to the business.

At the Gartner AADI Summit in December 2011, we surveyed IT executives about their top application development and delivery priorities for the coming year and discovered some notable results.  68% of respondents confirmed that faster

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How do you best implement Agile lifecycle practices to ensure end-to-end agility for IT application and service delivery?  

Creative Intellect Consulting (CIC), a prominent UK analyst firm, has written a “creative short” – a short paper filled with expert insights – on what leading IT organizations are doing to be truly agile across the entire enterprise. Learn how you can successfully extend agile from a core development focus to a standard that stakeholders across the entire application delivery lifecycle can embrace.  

Read the “12 Strategies for Delivering End-to-End

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It’s been one month since Serena launched Dimensions CM 12.2, and for IT organizations struggling to balance faster delivery with greater control, CM 12.2 has been an early holiday gift! As I’ve been meeting with customers these last few weeks, I’ve been hearing some very positive feedback from those trying out the latest release. 

  • “The combination of better traceability reports offered by Dimensions CM and new reversible headers features will make the adoption of the CM platform from PVCS much easier.”
  • “The performance numbers from Dimensions CM 12.2 look very promising.  Anything that is done to reduce the amount of time required to deliver changes

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During “The Kitchen Sink + Everything About the New HFS/JAVA Support in ChangeMan ZMF” VUG session on December 7, John Skelton did a great job taking us through the implementation of Java support in ZMF as well as support for the USS, HFS and zFS file systems. In this presentation John went into deep technical detail of the ZMF v7 design objectives, the architectural changes, the approach from each client type (ISPF, ZDD, Eclipse), how to build Java components, building JAR files and getting Java applications into ZMF. 

For those who attended the VUG, we would like to apologize for a couple of technical issues.  While the content that John provided was excellent, there were glitches in the execution

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Enter your #PlusIs on Twitter.We’re officially one-third of the way into our #PlusIs contest and are very impressed with our participants’ creative submissions! Hoping to encourage even more “PlusIsms,” we wanted to share some of the top submissions so far and to remind everyone of the great prizes.

The #PlusIs contest is a chance to use Twitter + your imagination to get creative, have fun and win great

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I recently sat down with Enterprise Systems and discussed the great debate:  Can developers and admins co-exist and improve the enterprise?  Can the gulf between development and operations be bridged?

The questions came from all angles, probably ones that you’ve even asked like:

  • What exactly does it mean for DevOps convergence to take place?
  • Cloud and virtualization have muddied the DevOps waters even more. Can you explain where these two environments fit in?
  • Where does automation technology fit into DevOps?
  • Does adoption of ITIL v3 within the enterprise impact DevOps and co-existence?

The answer to the overall question of bridging the gap is yes. 

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A couple of weeks ago at the ALM Expo I presented on “Orchestrating Agility: 4 Steps to a Truly Agile Enterprise” and caught up on the latest trends and perspectives on Application Lifecycle Management.  It’s evident that IT application development and delivery is evolving rapidly and we want to take a pulse on the current state by conducting an ALM benchmark survey

Please take just a few minutes to answer 20 questions on application delivery. If you’re the 100th valid response, you’ll win an iPad!*  After the survey results are compiled, you’ll get a complimentary copy of the research report

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We at Serena Software love PlusIs statements. Our latest Twitter contest idea was spawned by our own mantra of “People + Process = Business In Sync,” the PlusIs that describes how the innovative new Serena Service Manager orchestrates IT Service Management.

Now it’s your turn. The two-month-long PlusIs contest is a chance to use Twitter + your imagination to get creative, have fun and win great prizes, such as an iPad 2 and a $250 donation to the charity of your choice. Three category winners will receive $50 gift cards and $250 charitable donations to the charities of their choice. With three categories to submit for—technology, general and holiday—there is

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Join your peers this Thursday, November 17 as Forrester Research Senior Analyst Glenn O’Donnell discusses how getting DevOps right will address many of the issues enterprises consistently have with IT, such as applications failing to meet both functional and nonfunctional requirements, delivery delays, increased costs, and an inflexibility to change.

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In my last post I took you through the history of ChangeMan ZMF during the time it underwent several name changes.  ‘Change Man’ became ‘ChangeMan,’ which turned into ‘ChangeMan ZMF’ at version 5.  Here I continue to trace the evolution and revolution of ChangeMan ZMF through to present day version 7.  

In the planning phase of version 6, and with the growing popularity of Web Services, we could no longer assume that requests coming into ZMF were simply from TSO users as in the past. With product integrations, web service calls embedded in

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